View Full Version : Fucking fucks. Gummed up radio from coke

19-12-2012, 06:09 PM
Hey guys,

Couple days ago I parked up my car with the window down just a couple centimetres. Knuckle draggers came by with coke from HJ's, sucked up some coke in the straw and spat it into the car, mainly aiming for the radio and steering wheel. I cleaned up most of the coke but the buttons are gummed up. The volume knob gums up at times, the channel change switches are entirely gummed up.

Any ideas on how I can clean out sugar? I have the car advertised for sale so this is perfect timing :)

Speed Dealer
19-12-2012, 06:36 PM
Try some electronic cleaner. Better hope the Coke doesn't corrode any of the circuitry. If the electronic cleaner doesn't work, you may have to take it into an electronics repair shop so they can take it apart.

19-12-2012, 06:49 PM
Yeah man I think it's call 2.26 or 'co contact cleaner' we steal it from the sparkies and use it to clean shit underground works awesome

19-12-2012, 06:58 PM
Isopropyl alcohol

Old frt
19-12-2012, 06:59 PM
Jeez we have some drongos here in the west, if the coke has dried out, you have little chance of removing it from the innards if it got that far.

If it's just the exterior part of the volume knob then good old CRC may shift it.

Having just noticed your avatar, a quick squirt on the mouse wouldn't go astray either.:D

19-12-2012, 07:03 PM
Fluxclene, use all day at work on electronics, FLU200D - ELECTROLUBE - FLUXCLENE, 200ML, AEROSOL | element14 Australia (http://au.element14.com/electrolube/flu200d/fluxclene-200ml-aerosol/dp/298165)

19-12-2012, 07:04 PM

The eucalyptus oil is in an aerosol can, so you can either spray it onto the cloth or the dried Coke directly.

That particular cotton stick is dual ended. One end is flat and the other end is sharp. You can use these ends to each into small places (eg between control buttons).

You can get them both from most Coles or chemists. The eucalyptus can will cost around $9 - probably cheaper than specialised electrical contact cleaner.

These two items together will also do a very good job of cleaning between computer keyboard keys.

19-12-2012, 10:44 PM
It's been gummed up for a couple of days. During the day when the whole car warms up the sugary goodness is like honey. At night it's hard, when I press the buttons they 'crack'.

I'll try my darndest. Thanks everyone for the input.

19-12-2012, 10:57 PM
Hope it's stuck on a good station.

19-12-2012, 11:45 PM
NF contact cleaner.

20-12-2012, 06:41 AM
Just make sure that if you use contact-cleaner, that it's plastic-safe. NF is not.

20-12-2012, 08:35 AM
Eucalyptus spray is also useful after you're finished cleaning - you'll be the most popular person at a rave.

20-12-2012, 08:42 AM
I would stay away from contact cleaner, I've seen it eat metal away when overused. It was the stuff that smells like Red Bull.

20-12-2012, 05:36 PM
Used it on an Iphone with no ill effects. Worked brilliantly. No damage to plastic or metal.

20-12-2012, 10:05 PM
isopropyl alcohol used to do ok. Even go to the chemist and get some rubbing alcohol , does ok as well.

Oops , beaten by Agrid.

Also dried sweet drinks generally won't corrode the pcb once it dried. , so internally it should be ok. For the cost of pulling one down and cleaning , may as well buy a new one , so once it goes ffffttt , then replace it . :)

20-12-2012, 11:12 PM
+1 to isopropyl alcohol

Get it from your local JayCar or RS Components. DSE might even have it.

And use it sparingly. Its good for removing protective the lacquer too (a bad thing to do) -_-